Location - Paluma Range National Park, Queensland, Australia
Difficulty - 4, moderate to difficult, depending on route taken
Distance - 15-22 kilometres, return, depending on route taken
Time - 6-8 hours, return, depending on route taken
Gold Creek Falls (a.k.a. Gold Falls) is a beautiful, 50-metre terraced waterfall system in Paluma Range National Park. Back in the tin mining days, Gold Creek Falls was a water source for the miners who walked up Bullocky Tom's Track, but today hikers enjoy this as a challenging, yet rewarding day trip. Indeed, after the hike up to the top, take some time to rest and recover while enjoying the waterfalls, perhaps have some lunch, and maybe even appreciate a refreshing swim in the inviting pool.
Gold Creek Falls is commonly done along with the full length of the Bullocky Tom's Track. People either hike out via Crystal Falls or stop off at DCK Shelter (private property), where accommodation is possible. See the Paluma Trails article to choose your adventure route.
A marked track takes you to the top of Gold Creek Falls. At the top, you will also find a fixed-rope in place to assist your descent into the creek. Whether Gold Creek Falls is your ultimate destination or you are continuing on for another adventure, you can definitely spend a solid lunch break at the top. This is especially nice if you're hot and sweaty and in need of a refreshing swim to cool off before heading back or continuing onward.